Aricept and Alcohol speaks to Aricept alcohol interaction and what is Aricept and Aricept side effects.
Aricept generic name donepezil is coomonly used to treat moderate dementia caused by Alzheimers disease. It may also be used for other purposes. The drug works to improve the function of nerve cells in the brain and works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine as people suffering from dementia have lower levels of this chemical. This chemical is used for the process of memory, thinking and reasoning in the brain.
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed when taking Aricept.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Before starting this drug it is important to discuss with your physician any allergies you have to specific drugs, a heart rhythm problem of slow heartbeats, a history of stomach ulcers, enlarged prostate or urinary problem, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Less serious side effects of Aricept and alcohol are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, feeling tired or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Aricept and alcohol are allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, black, bloody or starry stools, coughing up blood, granular vomit, painful or difficult urination or seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help. This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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